About this time every year, someone asks us if we know when and where the Grammy Awards will screen on television in New Zealand.  In 2014, there is a rather high probability that a kiwi will walk away with at least one gong so interest in this actually making it to air is higher than normal.

Sky broadcasts just about every awards ceremony live on one of their subscription channels but the Grammy Awards are the only major television event that doesn’t seem to make it to air in New Zealand.  Logic would assume that the Grammy Awards would be on Vibe or The Box but Sky have told us that they don’t have the broadcast rights and that perhaps it was TVNZ. Continue reading »

bempIt has been announced that Boardwalk Empire‘s upcoming fifth season will be its last, HBO has announced.

“After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion,” series creator Terence Winter said in a statement.

The American period drama series, is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era. It stars Steve Buscemi, Gretchen Mol, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald. Continue reading »

girls 3Girls (Soho) has provided a number of memorable music moments over the past two seasons, including Hannah and Marnie dancing to Robyn and a cocaine-fueled Hannah and Elijah dancing to Icona Pop’s “I Love It.”

But the latter scene, which helped “I Love It” become a hit last year, almost featured a different song. Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” was music supervisor Manish Raval’s previous choice but the singer’s team wouldn’t let the HBO show use her song. Continue reading »

new-prime-logo-lineSky Television has ruled out committing to making Prime available in high definition in 2014.

With all the recent acquisitions by Sky Television for their free-to-air channel, much of what has previously been available in HD on TV3 is now only available is SD on Prime.  Then there are shows that Prime have had for ages, like Doctor Who, which although they screen relatively close to the UK broadcast, are still only made available in standard definition.

It’s a regular question that viewers ask.  When is Prime going to be available in HD?  It’s a question I usually ask every time I see them.  The answer is usually the same.  Take for example the comment that Travis Dunbar, Sky’s Director of Programming: Movies, Factual and General Entertainment made recently to TV reporter Phil Wakefield late last year.   Continue reading »

While we bask in our southern hemisphere summer, the north is a frozen landscape.  It’s a perfect environment for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia which begin on the 6th of February.

This is a pretty cool promo, aimed specifically at the mothers who control the house hold shopping purchases…

Most watched

  1. One News: 579,390 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Border Patrol: 529,100 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces: 336,980 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  4. The Block All Stars: 213,880 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. 3 News: 197,010 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)

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Today’s clue is again, not really a clue as to who has died (unless it’s Josh of course), but more information about the person responsible for the device that caused the death.

FERNDALE POLICE – PSYCHOMETRIC PROFILE

Name: Dr Josh Gallagher
Personality Type: INTP – Introspective Hero

SUMMARY

Josh displays a high level of social extroversion with a tendency toward introspection or ‘soul searching’. His profile suggests he would place his body and soul into a project with a tendency toward refocusing his energy and changing direction or career more times than most. Continue reading »

Moffat confirms planning on Sherlock S4/S5

The third season of Sherlock wraps up this week in the UK (coming to TV One as part of their new season, so “soon”), marked by a spcial gala screening of the final episode. Producer and writer Steven Moffat took the opportunity to share some exciting news about the series: “Rather excitingly, Mark [Gatiss] and I, for no particular reason, we just got out of the rain and sat at the top of the production bus […] and we just started plotting out what we could do in the future. […] And we plotted out the whole of series four and five … The ideas we had that day, I thought were the best we’ve ever had” Continue reading »

It’s the end of the first full week of 2014.  How has your TV viewing been?  Next week, the year starts to get back into action with the hour long return of Shortland Street and the big reveal behind who has died.

As is always the case, this is your space to discuss anything else on TV you’d like.

kc pcaThe Peoples Choice Awards were held in LA today and hosted by the 2 Broke Girls stars, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. Here are the winners –

Favorite Network TV Comedy
“2 Broke Girls”
“The Big Bang Theory” 
“Glee”
“How I Met Your Mother”
“Modern Family” Continue reading »